Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3996: Owner, Apartment Rue Broca
2bed/1bath apartment in 5th arrondissement, Paris
January 2009, 8 nights
This apartment located in the Mouffetard area in Latin Quarter 5th arrondissement of Paris. Apartment on a third floor (or second floor in European means).
It is an old neighborhood and very nice location. Apartment is in the private very quite corner with coded gate. Very safe and nice for a family. The surrounding area is fantastic especially Mouffetard street with markets and restaurants offering a feel of an old village with its paved roads and small farmers shops filled with all kinds of delicious foods, wine, cheese, pastries, fresh vegetables and fruits every day.
Metro is three minutes away. Line 7 crosses Paris. In general this area is very close to St Germain about 15-20 minutes walking. Very nice stroll in the morning with many bistros opened for breakfast.
Two minutes away is a restaurant "Cave la Bourgogne" featured in Rick Steve's travel book on Paris. Prices are very reasonable, atmosphere is friendly and there is a seating outside available at any time of the year.
The grocery store is on Mouffetard street alone with other food stores just minutes away.
Apartment was peaceful and quiet, in very good shape. Kitchen and dining area, computer desk and a bunk bed double size in one spacious room. This is very common for small European apartments for rent. The computer desk is tucked in a corner in nicely lit area. The switch is hidden on the right side of the desk hard to find. We finally found it on last day of vacation.
There is one bathroom and one more separate room with a single size bunk bed for two and a small dresser.
The heaters in each room worked very well considering we stayed there in January, coldest time of the year.
You can view the property directly: Apartment Rue Broca.
Beds were comfortable. Apartment nice and clean with enough furniture to accommodate our needs - sleeping and having breakfast and late dinner. Most of the time we spent strolling around Paris.
Bathroom is nice and roomy per French standards. Has a heater and a towel drier which was not working too well. We had three bath towels for two of us for whole stay.
The kitchen in this apartment is not for cooking large meals. But who would want to do this anyway when there is so much of undiscovered French cuisine outside of your door!
It has electric tea kettle, small electric stove, microwave, some cooking pots, plates, coffee and tea cups, wine glasses, wine opener etc. All essentials to celebrate your arrival to Paris.
Problems or Bonuses
We had a free Internet access and a Skype Phone. I recommend to everyone get a Skype account since it has become so popular in Europe. There is a good chance you will be offered it as alternative to a regular phone.
Good surprise was we had a hairdryer.
I would not call it a bad surprise but we had no instructions on this apartment and some things had to be figured out on our own. We never met a representative of the rental company when we arrived. Everything is coded even the key is in coded box attached to entry door. Instructions are emailed to you so keep it close.
We could not turn the TV on for some reason - which was OK who needs a bad news on vacation. The Skype phone itself was not plugged into a computer tower but it was simple thing to figure out.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Price was very reasonable. We were able to negotiate and lower price a little since it was off season time in January.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely recommend this apartment to anyone including my best friend. Overall we loved this apartment for space, convenience of location, privacy, and free Internet.
Things to do in this area
We definitely favored "Cove la Bourgogne" as local restaurant. It is known to be a place where locals get together to chat and have dinner. It is also close to Sorbonne university. Menu is simple, affordable. Staff are friendly and speak English.
Mouffetard area is described before, fun to walk through. Metro is close by. Entire area is very close to Notre Dame, Pantheon, Sorbonne, Jardin du Luxembourg.
Metro line 7 will take you in the heart of Paris - Musee du Louvre, Opera House, Galleries du La Fayette. Paris Plan Metro Map in PDF - the best metro map to use. On your arrival to CDG you can pick it up at the tourist info counter.
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